Well, He Does Have Three More Years, I Guess.

| February 22, 2010 | Reply

Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth.

Barack Obama, on accepting the Democratic nomination for President, June 3, 2008

So, how is the President doing so far?

Well, his health care plans have been short on health care and long on government control and payback to the people who gave him lots of money to push a health care plan. Unemployment is higher than the smartest of his smart economists predicted and won’t be coming back down for a long time despite his quadrupling the national debt to make it so. We’re escalating the war in Afghanistan and won’t be pulling our of Iraq in the foreseeable future. We barely escaped a disastrous terrorist attack over the skies of Detroit.

Ah, but that ocean level thing? Well, we might just have us a miracle.

Scientists have been forced to withdraw a study on projected sea level rise due to global warming after finding mistakes that undermined the findings.

The study, published in 2009 in Nature Geoscience, one of the top journals in its field, confirmed the conclusions of the 2007 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It used data over the last 22,000 years to predict that sea level would rise by between 7cm and 82cm by the end of the century.

At the time, Mark Siddall, from the Earth Sciences Department at the University of Bristol, said the study “strengthens the confidence with which one may interpret the IPCC results“. The IPCC said that sea level would probably rise by 18cm-59cm by 2100, though stressed this was based on incomplete information about ice sheet melting and that the true rise could be higher…

…Announcing the formal retraction of the paper from the journal, Siddall said: “It’s one of those things that happens. People make mistakes and mistakes happen in science.” He said there were two separate technical mistakes in the paper, which were pointed out by other scientists after it was published. A formal retraction was required, rather than a correction, because the errors undermined the study’s conclusion.

The article notes that the ocean level rise could well be higher than the paper predicted, which would mean that none of the things the President promised have begun to happen, but let’s be fair. The scientists have admitted they honestly don’t know what the data will show, which is exactly what they should be saying. The seas may rise and they may not. What we do know for sure is that, no matter what happens to the oceans, the President makes a rotten pretend Messiah.

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